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Dear Gavyn Davies

2nd March 2000

The Licence Fee Review Panel, under your chairmanship, has made a useful contribution to the debate about the future of broadcasting and how it should be financed. But the government was right to reject your recommendation of a digital supplement to the BBC’s licence fee. Instead of welcoming the lively competition between broadcasters and the diversity of supply made possible by the new technologies (digital in particular), your proposal would have entrenched a structure in which public service broadcasting is grossly over-represented. The question raised by the new technologies is whether the licence…

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